Art in Public Places - North Terminal

  

The Galaxy, 2008 - Michele OkaDoner

The Galaxy, 2008
Artist: Michele OkaDoner
Level 2 (past security)

The galaxy, created where the white and black terrazzo color fields meet, is a classic way for nature to resolve yin and yang, two opposing forces and it takes the floor to a transcendent level. Neither garden, nor beach, but a meeting of the two on a cosmic scale. The white pours into the center, and the black comes roaring out the other end. 

 

  

Got Any Jacks?
Got Any Jacks?
Artist: Donald Lipski
Level 2 (past security)

Consisting of nearly 100 sculptures made of fish replicas, Got Any Jacks? is a tribute to Miami’s miraculous aquatic environment. The fish replicas range in size from two feet across to over fourteen feet across and are primarily Florida tropical fish.

To fabricate the fish for the project, artist Donald Lipski collaborated with renowned Florida taxidermist Michael Kirkhart. Their unique arrangement throughout the concourse walls evokes sculptures that are at once fish, and as abstract shapes represent constellations.

  

A Walk on the Beach

 

A Walk on the Beach, 1995 - 1999
Artist: Michele Oka Doner
Medium: Epoxy terrazzo, bronze, mother-of-pearl
Level 2 (past security)

Long walks along Miami’s beaches observing shells, seaweed, and other marine forms deposited by the tides inspired this monumental site-specific art installation. A Walk on the Beach, a half-mile-long walkway featuring two thousand unique cast bronze elements embedded in a dark gray terrazzo matrix, celebrates the saltwater plants and vertebrate creatures inhabiting South Florida’s shallow coastal waters. Scatterings of mother-of-pearl create a richness of texture and reference the sea foam at the water’s edge.

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January 2012

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Michele’s unique works of art aptly capture the spirit and form of the flora and fauna of our natural world and of South Florida in particular. What a wonderful opportunity to witness the works on paper that were used to create the amazing terrazzo floors at the Airport. On your next travels abroad make sure you stop by Terminal D, Level 2 and check out her three installations; A Walk on the Beach, 1995 – 1998, The Galaxy, 2008 and From Seashore to Tropical Garden.

A Walk on the Beach, 1995 – 1998 - MIA's Art in Public Places
A Walk on the Beach, 1995 – 1998 - MIA's Art in Public Places

Make sure you visit local artist Carlos Betancourt’s installation About the Temporal and Universal Substance II, Maria Martinez-Cañas Años Continuos, 1996 and Donal Lipski’s Got Any Jacks? Yolanda Sanchez, Director of the Airports’ Mia Galleries does an outstanding job of welcoming our visiting tourists with museum quality art installations. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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From Seashore to Tropical Garden
From Seashore to Tropical Garden
Artist: Michele Oka Doner
Level 2 (past security)

From Seashore to Tropical Garden is made up of palm fronds, the patterns and internal structures of seeds, cross sections of flower stems, reeds and many other natural formed objects. Originally crafted by hand in wax and then cast in bronze, this process has produced thousands of gleaming bronze elements floating in an expansive architectural terrain of white terrazzo shot with the refracting colored light of clouds of mother of pearl.

 

  

About the Temporal and Universal Substance II - Carlos Betancour
About the Temporal and Universal Substance II
Artist: Carlos Betancourt
Level 2 (past security)

Miami artist Carlos Betancourt transformed the North Terminal APM Station with rich imagery based on his personal vocabulary of symbols and forms. The language of symbols, both ancient and modern, drives Betancourt’s artistic vision. He draws from many native cultures, mainly pre-Colombian and African. For the North Terminal project, Betancourt also gathered contemporary symbols that reflect global cultures. Stated the artist, “My current artwork celebrates the power of symbols and forms and their magical implications and I hope to enhance the airport space with this concept.”

 

 

  

 

Anos Continuous

Años Continuos, 1996
Artist: Maria Martinez-Cañas
Medium: Glass, enamel
Level 2 (past security)

 

Light plays an important role in Años Continuos, a mural composed of sandblasted glass panels filling a 40 by 40 foot atrium space.  Translucent images of maps, travel documents, and cultural symbols are juxtaposed to create a rich visual collage exploring issues relating to personal history, cultural identity, and the passage of time. In speaking of her work, the artist states, “photography for me is ‘drawing with light.’”